France: Colors of the Rhone & Provence

March 31 – April 8, 2020
9 Days | 8 Cities | 2 Countries

Cultural Adventures tours joins with Teeming River Cruises to offer a 9-day river cruise to 2 countries and 8 cities. The Teeming River innovative standard for cruising provides an incredibly low price and à la Carte type of luxury cruise. This cruise offers a luxurious experience while on board for a great value and allows you the opportunity to determine what you would like to do at each port!

On the MS Rhone Princess you’ll enjoy beautiful accommodations with airy cabins as you sail on the Rhone River. There are 67 cabins on board. Additional comforts include flat-panel televisions, complimentary wireless Internet access, safe deposit box, mini-bar, spacious built-in closets, and individual thermostat for air conditioning and heating control. All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe, central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone. In addition you can enjoy the lounge bar with a dance floor, spacious dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, a library and a gift shop.

Highlights of What’s Included

Hotel in Geneva two days before the cruise

Round trip transportation Geneva/Lyon

Teeming River Cruise App “City Walking Tour” in all ports

Daily Port Talks- “Explore More for Less!”

Cities visited include Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tain l'Hermitage, and Lyon

Escorted by Connie who will smooth out any bumps, provide useful travel tips before & during the trip, assist with insurance and reserving flights

Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres

Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner

All Meals featuring locally inspired cuisine included daily (onboard ship)

Early Riser Breakfast in addition to Buffet Breakfast

Daily Afternoon Tea & Midnight Snack 

All day complimentary coffee and tea 


Double occupancy cost for the cruise, Geneva hotel, transportation Geneva/Lyon:

Small Cabins 108 sq. ft., picture window - $1795
Double Cabins Lower Deck 140 sq. ft. Small windows– $1895  
Double Cabins Upper Deck 140 Sq. ft. with large windows - $2195 

International flights are not included

A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the total fare is required by Aug 20, 2019. Balance is due by Nov 1, 2019.

Itinerary

Tuesday, Mar 31

Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland – Meet other travelers at our hotel. Relax and perhaps enjoy a drink or meal at one of the local cafes.

Wednesday, April 1

Welcome to Geneva!

You’ll have the day to explore this charming city. You might stroll through the Place Bourg du Four the square at the heart of Old Town, stop at St. Peter’s Cathedral, and visit the Museum of Art and History, the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. There’s also an art district and parks to explore. Those interested might meet for dinner. B

Thursday, April 2 

Geneva to Lyon, France

The morning is free for you to explore the city on your own. We’ll travel to Lyon in the afternoon to join our cruise and meet our fellow passengers. B, D

Friday, April 3

Arles, France

Arles is known as the inspiration for some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works of art. Imagine walking through shady vistas and seeing the landscapes that inspired the artist to execute almost 300 of his paintings and drawings. This picturesque city is home to many Roman treasures such as the Roman Amphitheater built between the first and second century B.C. The Cloisters of Saint-Trophime is renowned for ornate architecture and sculpted biblical scenes. B, L, D

Saturday, April 4

Avignon, France

Walking through its narrow, cobbled streets, you can discover many old chapels, churches, buildings and bridges—some dating to the Middle Ages. UNESCO lists many as World Heritage Sites. Not to be missed is the Pope’s Palace, the residence of seven Popes from 1309 to 1377. Today visitors can stroll around the cloisters, papal bedrooms, and private chambers and enjoy the 14th century frescos. The idyllic Place de I’Horlodge is a beautiful square near the Pope’s Palace where you can relax and take in the very center of Avignon life. B, L, D

Sunday, April 5

Viviers, France

This charming French country village of lovely pale-stone buildings presided over by a graceful hilltop cathedral, creates a dreamlike vision from the vantage point of the river on one side and flowery field on the other. This enchanting town was spared during WWII and is a great representation of the life of the middle ages. Exploring Viviers on foot allows visitors a fascinating glimpse of the layered history, from Roman and medieval times to the Renaissance and beyond. B, L, D

Sunday, April 5

Tain l'Hermitage, France

Nestled among vineyards on the banks of the Rhône River, Tain l’Hermitage is a picturesque French village popular for Cotes du Rhone wines, amazing vineyards, and gourmet chocolate. One of the treasures of the town is Cite du Chocolat Valrhona, considered by many to be the best chocolate in the world. In the heart of the city, the Garden of Eden is a magical place where you can immerse yourself in nature as you admire lovely ponds, steep terraces and trees of various species all while enjoying the wonderful view over the Rhone and the twin towns of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. B, L, D

Monday, April 6

Vienne, France

Vienne is bathed in a gentle light, which bestows a Mediterranean feel on this lovely town. Its impressive Roman ruins (temple, theater, the city of Saint-Romain-en-Gai) have contributed to its renown. One of the city’s great charms is the comfortable coexistence of styles from every period of its history. A cross-timbered medieval house sits just a few feet from the ruins of the Garden of Cybele a Gallo-Roman forum, while barrel-vaulted passageways lead from one narrow street to the next. B, L, D

Tuesday, April 7

Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France

Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or is a commune in the Metropolis of Lyon and is known as the site of L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, the restaurant of chef Paul Bocuse. Bocuse was a preeminent French restaurateur who became one of the first celebrity chefs and popularized the nouvelle cuisine movement of lighter and seasonal fare. Make sure to stop by the restaurant for a taste of history while taking a tour through the famous kitchen where it all began!

Tuesday, April 7

Lyon, France

Lyon is situated at the junction of the Saone and Rhone. It is designated a World Heritage Site for its Roman district brimming with Roman treasures and its Renaissance district with its medieval flair. The Museum of Fine Arts showcases the finest collection of sculptures and painting outside of Paris. Housed in a former abbey from the 1600s, it contains pieces by Degas, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne and more. Explore the picturesque Vieux Lyon (Old Town), a district with winding medieval pathways that will lead you to cafes where you can enjoy a glass of a local vintage Beaujolais. B, L, D

Wednesday, April 8

Lyon, France

Disembark by 9:00 AM – Today after breakfast we depart for home. Return trip to Geneva and your homeward flight. B

Double occupancy cost for the cruise, Geneva hotel, and land transportation Geneva to Lyon:

Small Cabins 108 sq. ft., picture window - $1795
Double Cabins Lower Deck 140 sq. ft. small windows– $1895
Double Cabins Upper Deck 140 Sq. ft. with large windows - $2195


Prices are for the cruise, Geneva hotel & land transfer only. International flights are not included.

A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the total cost is required by Aug 20, 2019. Balance is due by Nov 1, 2019.


An optional trip to the Nazca Lines is available after this trip, If you are interested, contact Connie at 317.908.1220 or cchamp@culturaladventures.info for detailed information. 

Participant’s Background Information

  • US citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru.
  • No immunizations are required for this trip.
  • Participants must be able to climb a few flights of stairs and walk on uneven surfaces up to a mile at a moderate pace over the course of the day.
  • Basic travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage is mandatory – insurance to cover trip cancellation is highly recommended.
  • Please check with me before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
  • Deposit of $750 will reserve your spot. Payment of the balance is due by January 15, 2019. Refunds, less $75, will be returned upon written request until Jan 17, 2019. After this date, no refunds of any type will be made.

If you are ready to explore the Land of the Incas, send in your deposit of $750 now.
Write deposit checks to Cultural Adventures and mail to:
Connie Champlin, 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632

Connie Champlin

Email: cchamp@culturladventures.info
Phone: +1 317-908-1220 
Address: Connie Champlin 129 Cranberry
Lane, Centerville, MA 02632.

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